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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – Two Collinsville men are accused of ripping off residents in the Metro East.

A victim in Glen Carbon contacted deputies with the Madison County Sheriff's Office Dec. 17 to report he had been contacted seven days earlier by two men who asked if they could do home repair work.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office says the victim paid the men $1,500 after they allegedly performed work on the victim's roof. The following day the victim was contacted by the same men, who told him the check didn't clear and they needed cash.

The victim gave the men cash and later learned the check had been cashed by the suspects.

Noah Boswell, 24, was identified as one of the suspects, and has been charged with theft over $500.

On Dec. 19 deputies were contacted again by a victim who said he was defrauded of more than $4,300 by a man who offered to resurface his driveway for $1.75 per square foot.

The victim agreed to the work and the suspects demanded a cash payment of more than $4,300 after covering the victim's driveway with an unknown compound.

Noah Boswell's cousin, 32-year-old James Boswell, was identified as the primary suspect in this incident. James Boswell is charged with aggravated home repair fraud.

James Boswell was taken into custody Wednesday while soliciting an elderly person for driveway repairs on Eduardo Drive in Granite City. He was also cited for improper display of registration, driving while license revoked, and defective windshield.

Anyone who may have been a victim of home repair fraud by James Boswell is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 618-692-0871, 618-692-4433, or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

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